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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Cold Water Fish

Although we usually think of cold water fish as simply "Common Goldfish", there are in fact quite a number of species native to more temperate regions which will live very happily at room temperatures. Nor is it fair to label Goldfish as 'Common', at least not in the derogatory way in which it is usually applied. Goldfish species, and the Carp family to which they belong, have for centuries been breed to produce a vast variety of colours and shapes to suit all tastes.

Many of the selectively breed species from China and the Far East were once considered so rare and valuable that they were regarded almost as state secrets, and severe penalties existed for anyone attempting to smuggle them to the west. They first appeared in America in the mid 19th century when selective breeding really took off. Today there are more then 120 recognised varieties. Thankfully we now live in a more open world society, and many of these exotic varieties are available even here in the UK.

In addition to Goldfish varieties, there are numerous "tropical" species which have been 'incorrectly labeled' and which thrive in cooler waters. Perhaps the most notable example is the White Cloud Mountain Minnow from northern China. Almost always sold as a tropical species when in fact it does not like high temperatures, and will become stressed and lose it colours with water temperature above 24°C - 25°C.


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